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What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a professional, objective, visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home. Home purchasers now entering the marketplace view inspections as a way to gain valuable information about the largest purchase of their lifetime. It helps them to determine whether there are any major defects or system inadequacies at the time of purchase, or that there will be no unpleasant surprises or insurmountable financial burdens later on.

Home inspections are not intended to point out every small problem or defect in a home. Minor or cosmetic flaws, for example, should be apparent without the aid of a professional.

Home inspections will also highlight the positive aspects of a home. In fact, many of the home inspector's observations or recommendations help to dispel home purchaser anxieties, and provide useful repair suggestions.

The home inspector's service to the home purchaser is primarily one of education. The goal of the inspector is to provide the purchaser with a better understanding of the physical condition of the home in order to make a well informed decision.

The home inspection should not be confused with an appraisal, a municipal code inspection, or a guarantee of any kind.